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Isoptero - (4:25) 138 BPM
   
Anglo - (4:18) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cyprido - (5:10) 140 BPM
   
Scotoma - (3:21) 135 BPM
   
Amatho - (5:01) 140 BPM
   
Phengo - (4:40) 139 BPM
   
Agra - (5:14) 136 BPM
   
Necro - (11:50) 156 BPM
Review: Not much is known about A001 except that he released an EP last year on Bas Mooy's label. This follow-up starts with "Isoptero" a rattling, rolling techno track that sounds like Shed on steroids. From there on in, the release gets more visceral; "Anglo" is a noisy, industrial stepper, powered by punishing subs and rickety drums, while on "Scotoma" the groove is straighter and more linear but the kicks are left in the red as banshees wail away in the background. "Amatho" is even more intense, with doubled up kicks underscoring the sound of a thousand metal rods being dropped down a concrete staircase.
MORD 031
29 Aug 16
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Caligyne - (5:12) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Noverca - (5:33) 130 BPM
   
Pnigero - (5:13) 136 BPM
   
Partheno - (5:26) 130 BPM
   
Gyno - (6:07) 136 BPM
Played by: Paul Mac, Ellen Allien
Review: Take Cover! MORD's army are on the march again and this time it's led by the darkly military stomp of new name A001. With artwork reminiscent of The Ring, there's no escaping the feeling that all these tracks are possessed with a sinsterism the label has been cultivating since it took off in 2013 with music by Radial and Charlton. Fans of Perc & Truss' music should head straight to "Pnigero" while for Tommy Four Seven blasts of industrialism check out "Partheno". "Gyno" is the deepest production of the EP with a synth gurgle that sounds like it's come from a sewer, while "Noverca" is a reverberant drum track you'd expect to hear Dettmann drop. And to get dancers feet into overdrive there's no looking past opener "Caligyne".
MORD 021
23 Sep 15
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Cycles - (5:24) 134 BPM
   
Uprising - (5:54) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Carbon Boy - (5:26) 131 BPM
   
From Within The Circle - (5:59) 130 BPM
   
Endless Shimmer - (5:29) 124 BPM
   
And So I Watch You From Afar - (6:01) 131 BPM
   
Trust In The True Spirit - (6:01) 130 BPM
   
The Totem - (6:20) 133 BPM
   
Ode To The Wolves - (5:55) 131 BPM
   
First Breath After Coma - (3:06) 85 BPM
   
A Mistaken Identity - (5:13) 127 BPM
   
Rotary Deadlock - (5:54) 132 BPM
   
Cycles (The 13th Chapter) - (5:49) 129 BPM
MORDLP 003
25 May 18
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Penny & Pound (original mix) - (4:24) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Penny & Pound (Paul Birken remix) - (6:40) 136 BPM
   
Mans Head (original mix) - (5:16) 129 BPM
   
Clodgy (original mix) - (5:47) 128 BPM
   
Halyard Hitch (original mix) - (7:47) 130 BPM
   
Kitty (original mix) - (4:34) 128 BPM
Review: There's a formidably tough and intense feel about this collection of no-holds-barred techno slammers from Ansome, aka London-based producer Kieran Whitefield. The pounding title track sets the tone, with clanking, industrial hits and distorted noises riding a thunderous kick drum-driven rhythm. The accompanying remix ups the tempo considerably, and is so fearsome it probably shouldn't be played to small children or elderly relatives. Elsewhere, there's some wayward techno-funk in the shape of "Clodgy", a bubbling splurge of foreboding late night murkiness ("Halyard Hitch"), and a sprightly - if tough - trip into horror-influenced analogue funk territory ("Kitty"). All six tracks are, as they say, "nails".
MORD 010
04 Aug 14
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Son Of Sins - (6:24) 131 BPM
   
Ann Meth - (6:01) 128 BPM
   
Rage - (6:07) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kaayman Regiment - (6:06) 129 BPM
Review: It's strange to hear a techno producer playing around with the title of the Pogues' best album, but Rage isn't a typical club release. Sure, Dutch producer Bas Mooy goes for the jugular on every occasion, but not in a predictable way. "Kaayman" is as grungy and acrid as Shane McGowan's dental hygiene, with buzz-saw riffs cutting through the dense rhythm. "Son of Sins" travels down a different path, with what could be a vocal sample amid its pummelling tribal rhythm, an element that gets deeper and more ponderous as the arrangement unfolds. That's not to suggest that Mooy has gone soft in his old age and "Rage" is a mean serving of tribal techno, replete with a deranged air raid siren.
MORD 006
20 Jan 14
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Men On Wire - (6:11) 129 BPM
   
Men On Wire (AnD remix) - (7:10) 135 BPM
   
A Feast For Crows - (5:14) 129 BPM
   
Nearby Silent Horses - (6:00) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Until My Eyes Bleed - (7:30) 132 BPM
Review: Rotterdam's Bas Mooy is no stranger to a bit of techno given his involvement in the European scene as a DJ since the late '90s and as a producer since the early noughties. He's appeared on countless labels including his own Audio Assault, the dread Mote-Evolver, Perc Trax, and even for the more recent Mord. The flying Dutchman returns to the latter with four guaranteed floor missiles, the first in the shape of grainy 4/4 beats and ringing melodies under the name "Men On Wire", a tune that's rapidly turned even darker and more pumping by the no nonsense AnD duo. Over on the flip, "A Feast For Crows" bangs its 909 away left, right and centre amid chilling walls of electrifying sonics, while "Nearby Silent Horses" channels that fury into a more compact techno bombshell for the peak time. Tough and driving.
MORD 020
21 Sep 15
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Zeis - (4:58) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Heroine - (4:37) 129 BPM
   
Dormir - (3:48) 85 BPM
   
Pyro - (4:46) 129 BPM
   
Kameleon - (4:53) 132 BPM
   
Roses - (4:19) 84 BPM
MORD 069
26 Jun 20
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Repeat Offender - (5:52) 130 BPM
   
Funnel Fiends - (6:25) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Big Rig Barnacle - (6:07) 126 BPM
   
Rubbish Bag Batting Cage - (5:19) 121 BPM
Review: Bas Mooy's label drops its most adventurous release yet. Paul Birken has been operating at the fringes of techno for years and puts out the kind of rough analogue music that would make the industrial art school boys shiver with fear. Distorted drums, intense and in your face volleys of percussion set the scene on this three-tracker. "Big Rig Barnacle" displays some musical leanings via its woozy chords and "Funnel Fiends" goes the opposite way thanks to its acid emissions. But the best thing about Birken is his sheer unpredictability and "Repeat Offender" sounds like a hard techno arrangement pulled apart, distorted to the max and then randomly reassembled.
MORD 005
09 Dec 13
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Chaotic Behaviour - (5:53) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hypersalivation - (5:35) 132 BPM
   
The Road To Emptiness - (5:23) 132 BPM
   
The Road To Emptiness (Cassegrain remix) - (5:51) 129 BPM
Review: Charlton Ravenberg returns with his Chaotic Behaviour, where hard, simmering kicks and minimalistic melodies are the name of the game. The title track itself is a beastly techno workout with no mercy, while "Hypersalivation" is acid-driven and even nastier than the title track. "The Road To Emptiness" reminds us of an old DJ Rush cut - morphing basslines and relentless beat arrangements, while Cassegrain puts in a fine performance on his remix of the same track and delivers a bouncy 4/4 belter for the smaller hours.
MORD 002
05 Aug 13
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Vulnerable - (5:35) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stand Behind A Line - (5:12) 132 BPM
   
Unforgiven - (5:48) 132 BPM
   
Simple - (6:03) 132 BPM
Review: Usually, using the word 'intelligent' in the title of a release is reason enough to ignore it, but not this time. That's because Charlton is one of the most inventive new techno producers out there, and his music does indeed have a studied feel. Not in some kind of highfalutin manner, rather that he has absorbed and has assimilated so many varying elements and made them his own. From the insistent, visceral Hood-style minimalism of "Vulnerable" into the grungy stomper that is "Unforgiven", he has a better handle on the harder end of the spectrum than most of his peers. Crucially though, he also understands the importance of seduction by stealth rather than brute force and the shady, dub nuances of "Stand Behind a Lie" is the highlight of this release.
MORD 008
09 Jun 14
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Forgotten - (5:34) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rough Times - (5:23) 132 BPM
   
Behave - (5:37) 132 BPM
   
Elongation - (5:43) 132 BPM
   
Dirty Questions - (5:38) 132 BPM
Review: Charlton Ravenberg has released primarily on Bas Mooy's Mord label, but this young techno producer's approach wouldn't sound out of place on a DJ Rush record. Like his previous Mord outings, Forgotten is a dense and brutal high-tempo affair. Stomping, distorted drums, tortured shrieks and levels pushed into the red define tracks like "Rough Times" and "Behave", while at other moments, Charlton decides to just reduce his sound down to a pounding, dirt-caked industrial rhythm like on "Elongation". However, it's not all panel-beating intensity and as a parting shot, he delivers "Dirty Questions", where complex metallic rhythms flutter and pulse in a rare moment of
respite for his machines.
MORD 023
09 Nov 15
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Ghetto Born - (6:24) 132 BPM
   
SHR_MS - (6:33) 132 BPM
   
Till Love Do Us Part - (7:34) 132 BPM
   
Somewhere Between - (5:03) 132 BPM
   
When You Show True Emotions (digi only) - (6:45) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Face Recognition (digi only) - (4:53) 132 BPM
MORD 058
15 Feb 19
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Irritating Collapse - (5:15) 131 BPM
   
Origin - (5:01) 130 BPM
   
Discernment - (5:32) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Machine Elves - (5:45) 154 BPM
Review: Can D Carbone maintain the peak of his and industrial techno's plateau? Considering he's one third of Repitch Recordings with Shapednoise, yes. This release for the furbished MORD label follows editions from Radial, Paul Birkin, Bas Mooy and UVB. And as the label's catalogue numbers move further into double figures, Carbone serves up a dynamic four-track EP of blistering techno. "Irritating Collapse" is hard, '90s acid terror only slowed down, while "Origin" is sludgy, but still has that rough, Tresor-techno vibe. The beat and caustic metallic clusters of "Discernment" sound like they've come from a Gotham City sewer while the atmospheres and distorted bass stabs of "Machine Elves" are reminiscent to what can sometimes be heard in Milton Bradley's The End Of All Existence concept.
MORD 011
15 Sep 14
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Cultural Collapse - (5:31) 132 BPM
   
The Observer - (5:18) 130 BPM
   
The Mutant's Law - (5:02) 135 BPM
   
Antisystem - (4:49) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hidden Head - (4:25) 136 BPM
   
The American Lie - (7:27) 133 BPM
Review: While the dance music media has focused heavily on Italian techno in recent years, it has mainly been about the tranced out, hypnotic sound.There is a far more abrasive undercurrent in Italy - inspired undoubtedly by Rome's early 90s sound - one of whose main protagonists is Repitch boss D.Carbone. "Cultural Collapse" captures the sense of unease that surrounds Carbone as pile-driving kicks are fused with a distorted juggernaut rhythm. "The Observer" is less intense and revolves around a pulsing, strobo-groove, but it's only a temporary diversion. "The Mutant's Law" sees Carbone rain down acid-laced, distorted techno, while "Anti-system" is a coruscating, hollowed out peak time groove.
MORD 027
23 May 16
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Delete Scene - (5:07) 132 BPM
   
Set Factor - (5:31) 128 BPM
   
Rusty - (4:03) 128 BPM
   
Towards Them - (3:56) 128 BPM
   
Rn 45 - (3:59) 125 BPM
   
X Gun - (4:57) 132 BPM
   
Interlogon - (6:57) 128 BPM
   
Venerate Circles - (7:01) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Anom Valley - (5:29) 127 BPM
   
Ar. Yp. 41 Par.05 - (5:54) 124 BPM
   
Crack Apart - (4:02) 128 BPM
Review: Anom Valley follows Damcase's recent outing on Bunker and positions the Greek producer as a leading light in hard techno. There is a rough, raw feel throughout this release for Bas Mooy's label; "Delete Scene" is mired in distorted kicks and noisy, barb wire percussion and both "Rusty" and "Towards Them" resound to titanium-powered steel drums. "Interlogon" is probably the most extreme track, thanks to its grisly, punishing rhythm, but Damcase also has a funkier side. He showcases this on "Rn 45" and "X Gun", where hypnotic electronic pulses, although encased in weeping layers of white noise, see him get his groove on.
MORD 026
11 Apr 16
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001 - (7:04) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
010 - (6:48) 130 BPM
   
002 - (6:25) 130 BPM
   
004 - (6:17) 87 BPM
   
005 - (4:59) 113 BPM
   
006 - (4:26) 130 BPM
MORD 041
23 Jun 17
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Satellite Galaxies - (6:06) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Infiltrate - (7:22) 118 BPM
   
Machine - (5:48) 122 BPM
   
Hacking The Cosmos - (6:34) 136 BPM
MORD 050
04 May 18
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Wenkbrauw - (5:10) 136 BPM
   
Karkas - (5:04) 134 BPM
   
LSD TV - (4:49) 136 BPM
   
Graveyard - (5:06) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sixth - (4:46) 134 BPM
   
Cutting Wrists - (5:15) 89 BPM
   
Faust - (5:47) 134 BPM
   
Monkey - (4:32) 134 BPM
Review: Diabla Diezco is a collaboration between Mord owner Bas Mooy and Charlton, who has previously released on the label. The project has yielded a few EPs, but Memento Mori is their most impressive release to date. "Wenkbrauw" hits like a sledgehammer to the head with its pummelling kicks and layer upon layer of sheet metal percussion. Opting for a different tact but achieving the same outcome, the pair drop broken beats and swirling filters on "Karkas and "Sixth", while "Graveyard" is a heads-down banger that resounds to tortured shrieks and panel beating rhythms. As industrial techno releases go, Diabla Diezco is out on its own.
MORD 066
28 Feb 20
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Seekers - (4:50) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Time Wave - (4:54) 130 BPM
   
Canvas - (4:44) 132 BPM
   
Outer Being - (4:39) 131 BPM
   
Cynicism - (4:53) 132 BPM
   
Micro Cosm - (4:57) 132 BPM
MORD 064
18 Oct 19
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Dimi Angelis - "Green Aviation" - (5:12) 132 BPM
   
Sciahri - "Perplexity" - (7:10) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Endlec - "Neurofunk" - (6:24) 132 BPM
   
Tripeo - "Yfur" - (7:40) 131 BPM
Review: The first seven installments of the Herdersmat series comprised a vinyl box set. Now this eighth series sees four upcoming techno producers feature on one 12 inch. Dimi Angelis puts a focus on angular Detroit techno with the jittery "Green Aviation". Sciahri from Italy goes harder and heavier with the tough kicks and resonating bass of "Perplexity" and Endlec, who has already released a number of EPs on the label, puts the focus back on abrasive, hard-hitting techno courtesy of "Neurofunk". Tripeo's "Yfur" inhabits a similar space to Dimi Aneglis - but as always, the sense of menace remains thanks to its meaning, eerie synths.
MORDH 001
18 Jul 16
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Shake Well - (7:10) 129 BPM
   
Inside Dimensions - (6:22) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lucky Bastard - (4:52) 129 BPM
   
Transformer - (3:49) 129 BPM
   
Penetration - (3:50) 124 BPM
   
Expansion - (6:55) 122 BPM
   
Lust - (6:10) 124 BPM
Review: Rotterdam's Mord continues with its consistent onslaught of peak time club destroyers, proving they really are the techno label of the moment! Who better to carry on the torch than the legendary Brendon Moeller, under his Echologist alias. In the past known for his dub techno explorations, these days known for relentless grooves. With its tunnelling melody, sinister synth squelches and monstrous kick drum, lead track "Shake Well" ticks all the right boxes. "Inside Dimensions" is the absolute peak time weapon on this one, which tears the through the speakers like a post-apocalyptic steam train. The mayhem continues with the sinister modular workout of "Lucky Bastard" as good as anything by Mike Parker or Steve Bicknell did recently, but the restrained energy of "Transformer" and "Penetration" provide equally worthy DJ tools for different circumstances.
MORD 019
17 Aug 15
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Raise - (6:33) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Slight Detour - (6:16) 131 BPM
   
Dispatch - (7:34) 128 BPM
   
Walrus - (6:15) 53 BPM
   
Eventually (digi only) - (6:37) 89 BPM
Review: Echologist is one of Brendon Moeller's projects, and not an alias one might immediately associate with Mord. That said, this EP contains quite a kick. "Raise" manages to combine a weighty dub bass with powerful drums and vast swathes of cubby reverb. It's deep and textured but is also massively forceful. On "Slight Detour", Moeller heads into a tougher, even more linear direction: the kicks are pounding and the percussion nags and rattles relentlessly as a wall of layered effects ebbs and flows. "Dispatch" is deeper and more subtle thanks to Moeller's use of mesmerisingly hypnotic chords, but it's only a temporary divergence and soon enough, he returns with the skeletal break beat techno of "Walrus".
MORD 052
06 Jul 18
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Strange Inhabitants - (6:21) 131 BPM
   
Cycling Patterns - (5:54) 132 BPM
   
The Essence - (5:36) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dust Storm Rising - (5:58) 132 BPM
   
Darkness Approaches - (5:39) 132 BPM
   
Other Man - (6:47) 133 BPM
MORD 016
24 Mar 15
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Something More Sinister - (5:58) 132 BPM
   
Population Control - (7:20) 135 BPM
   
Dystopian Heart - (5:58) 136 BPM
   
Consistency & Patience - (6:33) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fight For The Power - (5:32) 132 BPM
   
Time Of The Wolf - (7:06) 134 BPM
   
To Maintain The Flow - (5:55) 134 BPM
   
Age Of Darkness - (5:02) 132 BPM
Review: Is Endlec's latest release on Bas Mooy's label a soundtrack for these dark days of global uncertainty? Certainly, "Something More Sinister", with its splintered analogue riffs and hammering rhythm, captures the terrifying mood surrounding regime change in the US, while the heads-down, cyber-techno jack of "Dystopian Heart" and "Population Control" act as warnings of further bad things to come. Despite these somewhat chilling titles, the Greek producer knows how to craft a hypnotic sound. "Consistency & Patience" resounds to a mesmerising, layered rhythm, infested with wild electronic blips and bleeps, while the noisy, siren riff-led "Fight for the Power" is the naked, angry sound of the resistance.
MORD 036
03 Feb 17
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Rotten Nation - (6:13) 135 BPM
   
We Have Failed - (4:42) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Fallen World - (2:45) 140 BPM
   
Our Sorrow Burns Slowly - (5:49) 135 BPM
   
Ignorant Beasts - (5:38) 135 BPM
   
Abandon All Hope - (3:21) 142 BPM
MORD 051
15 Jun 18
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Force Of Future - (6:30) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Disharmonic Life - (5:20) 134 BPM
   
The Substantial One - (6:50) 135 BPM
   
Atitlo - (6:15) 136 BPM
   
The Sanatorium Age - (5:57) 133 BPM
   
EDC - (7:14) 134 BPM
   
Fearful Symmetry - (4:53) 135 BPM
   
Sleep Garden - (6:14) 135 BPM
Review: Endlec's second release on Bas Mooy's label is an uncompromising affair. Right from the get-go, the listener is bombarded with intense techno. "Disharmonic Life" is a distorted, jarring affair, while "Force of Nature" sounds like Endlec is dropping iron bars over a rusty drum pattern. Things take a slightly more esoteric turn on "The Substantial One", which could be the producer's gritty take on Jeff Mills' space techno, but soon enough the release swings back towards tougher sounds. The gained filters of "Atitlo" and the Armani-style stomp of "The Sanatorium Age" show that when it comes to tough, peak-time techno, Endlec and Mord have few peers.
MORD 022
19 Oct 15
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Unipolar - (5:34) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Inner Core - (5:29) 129 BPM
   
Shock Waves - (5:36) 129 BPM
   
Human Element - (5:07) 128 BPM
   
Bipolar - (5:37) 129 BPM
   
Argoon - (5:37) 128 BPM
MORD 017
13 Apr 15
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From Dust - (7:22) 129 BPM
   
The Beast Uncaged - (6:42) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
At Seminary - (5:32) 128 BPM
   
Circuit Freaks - (6:39) 124 BPM
   
Far Right (Digital Bonus) - (7:55) 133 BPM
   
Duchess (Digital Bonus) - (5:47) 127 BPM
MORD 055
19 Oct 18
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Second Today - (5:27) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
First Tomorrow - (5:06) 128 BPM
   
Acsirez - (5:45) 130 BPM
   
Solaris - (5:22) 130 BPM
   
Trademark IV (Digital Only) - (5:56) 122 BPM
   
Katarsiz (Digital Only) - (5:17) 130 BPM
MORD 053
17 Aug 18
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Oracle I - (6:48) 134 BPM
   
Oracle II - (7:52) 134 BPM
   
Oracle III - (7:38) 136 BPM
   
Oracle IV - (6:07) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Oracle V - (5:57) 131 BPM
Review: Oracle is Haeken's first release, but it shows that he has come with a fully-formed identity. "Oracle 1" and "Oracle 3" are pounding, minimal techno affairs, punctuated by scratchy riffs, lean, metallic claps and raw, sinewy rhythms. On the second "Oracle" the Dutch producer disappears down a dense, bleak tunnel. The kicks are rough, the tonal signals frazzled and fuzzy and the overall result is like Sandwell District jamming with Mord owner Bas Mooy. The fourth installment is redolent of Mike Parker's brand of dance floor claustrophobia, with hypnotic sequences and firing snares prevailing. The fifth and final "Oracle" brings an impressive end to this accomplished debut release with a pounding but deeply hypnotic groove.

MORD 034
14 Nov 16
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I've Never Been To Bed With An Ugly Girl But I've Woken Up With A Few - (7:46) 128 BPM
   
Live & Don't Learn - (5:45) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I've Been Thrown Out Of Better Places Than This - (6:06) 126 BPM
   
Thy Will Be Done - (5:18) 123 BPM
Played by: Honey Soundsystem
Review: He/aT is another project from Chris Finke, the UK DJ/producer responsible for the Bodyjack alias. As this release on Bas Mooy's label shows, it is dedicated to gritty, lo-fi techno and a disregard for political correctness. Both of these values are in abundance on opening track "I've Never Been To Bed With An Ugly Girl But I've Woken Up With A Few". Loose, industrial drums beat manically as Finke grapples with droning textures. "Live & Don't Learn" is similarly minded with acrid acid lines unfolding over a primitive backing, while on the title track, Finke delivers a slightly more conventional loop techno workout. It's only a temporary blip though and "Thy Will Be Done" is a wonky arrangement that recalls the offbeat brilliance of Neil Landstrumm.
MORD 032
26 Sep 16
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Confessions - (7:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bowels - (5:32) 128 BPM
   
Sins - (6:10) 85 BPM
   
Coping Complex - (5:06) 126 BPM
MORD 045
17 Nov 17
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Ektroma - (6:09) 136 BPM
   
Alex Drove Us Home - (6:14) 134 BPM
   
Bumrush - (5:45) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Funk You - (6:45) 134 BPM
   
Bassball Bat - (6:51) 89 BPM
   
The Well - (6:14) 134 BPM
   
Pulsar - (5:48) 134 BPM
   
Kate - (6:23) 132 BPM
Review: Bas Mooy's label showcases more techno talent in the shape of Jokasti & Nek. Alex.. is the pair's debut release and it is a relentless, heavy affair "Ektroma" is a banging minimal techno number, peppered with intense bleeps, while the title track sees the pair going down an even harder route, led by concrete-weight kicks. "Bumrush", though not subtle by any stretch of the imagination, sees the pair opt for a stripped back groove, replete with a hiccupping vocal sample. However, it turns out to be just a temporary distraction. Straight afterwards they conjure up "Funk You", a hammering, relentless drum track populated by ominous bell chimes and distorted kicks, while the malevolent acid of "Bassball Bat" would give the Liberators a run for their money.
MORD 040
26 May 17
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Decisions - (4:48) 134 BPM
   
ATP - (4:50) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Celestial Bodies - (4:58) 130 BPM
   
How Low - (4:48) 134 BPM
   
Green Disc - (4:49) 134 BPM
   
Patience - (4:50) 134 BPM
   
Drawing Blanks (Digi Only) - (4:48) 134 BPM
   
Pink Moon (Digi Only) - (6:00) 134 BPM
Review: Jokasti & Nek debuted on Mord back in 2017 and now make their return with a firing follow up. "Decisions" is a visceral minimal affair that's led by a driving rhythm and ticking percussion, while on "Atp", they embark on a more abstract route, with the stepping groove underpinned by groaning electronic riffs. The title track sees them return to minimal techno, but this time with a cleaner sound and its driving rhythm and cold bleeps sees them navigate their way through Sleeparchive-style tonal repetition. Meanwhile, "How Low" is a rough peak time banger that resounds to grating drums and garbled electronic noise and "Green Disc" is a pounding Mills-style affair.
MORD 068
22 May 20
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City 40 - (5:46) 129 BPM
   
RTG - (6:12) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
RBMK 2 - (6:53) 132 BPM
   
Atomit - (5:29) 84 BPM
   
Quarks - (5:47) 130 BPM
   
SCRAM - (5:55) 126 BPM
   
Half Life A - (6:27) 132 BPM
   
RBMK 1 - (6:55) 132 BPM
MORD 048
16 Mar 18
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Escape From Samsara - (7:22) 131 BPM
   
Polyacid - (7:00) 87 BPM
   
Acid Fever (Take_4 dub) - (8:40) 130 BPM
   
Paranoid Den_Haag - (4:14) 128 BPM
   
Low Frequency Oscillation - (7:00) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Destruction Of The_Self - (4:25) 86 BPM
MORD 039
28 Apr 17
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Uncontrollable Process Of Self-destruction - (7:53) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ultraviolence - (5:50) 128 BPM
   
Fallen Into Fear - (6:38) 128 BPM
   
Death Is Not Defeat - (7:05) 128 BPM
   
Death Is Not Defeat (version 2) - (7:10) 126 BPM
   
Escape To Nowhere - (7:06) 128 BPM
Review: Here's more heavy techno sounds on Bas Mooy's label, this time courtesy of Spanish producer Kwartz, known for releases on Warm Up and Pole. The Zooloft-inspired title of "Uncontrollable Process Of Self-Destruction" reveals itself to be for more than an exercise in poor English with FUSE-style bleep-notics fused with dreamy hardcore synths. By contrast, the aptly-named "Ultraviolence" is a thing of extreme danger as its wiry, broken rhythms and lashes of percussion seep over and gnaw at the listener's synapse. Two versions of the title track are also included, with Kwartz laying down the kind of dark, slightly distorted pulsing rhythms and steely percussive builds that Mord has become synonymous with.
MORD 028
06 Jun 16
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Sama Doma (original mix) - (5:03)
   
DHC3 (original mix) - (7:18) 126 BPM
   
Sama Doma (Forward Strategy Group remix) - (5:56) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
DHC3 (Truss remix) - (7:03) 127 BPM
Review: Bas Mooy's new label is releasing some of the more interesting hard techno, and Misfit is no exception. "Sama Doma" mixes up the rolling monotony of loop techno with eerie textures and granular, off beats. "DHC3" disappears farther down the wormhole as oppressive drums simulate the sound of metal panels being torn apart. Somewhere in the middle of this chaos there lurks a hautning, spooky vocal. Forward Strategy Group is quick to capitalise on its sombre tones; the duo's remix of 'Doma' chops up the vocal and sets it to a jittery rhtyhm. There are no such subtleties on Truss' take on "DHC3" however, with a screeching filter set to distorted kicks.
MORD 004
11 Nov 13
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Kontrola (original mix) - (6:46) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kontrola (Bas Mooy remix) - (6:05) 130 BPM
   
Trema (original mix) - (5:13) 88 BPM
   
Trema (Clouds remix) - (6:22) 131 BPM
Review: Milos Martinov follows last year's Misfit debut release on Mord with this equally dark record. "Trema" is exactly the kind of dense, rolling techno groove that you'd expect to hear on Bas Mooy's label, with grainy drums and a juggernaut rhythm prevailing. Clouds' remix ramps up the pressure further, a heavy, loopy affair that could be Ben Sims on steroids, while the label owner delivers a pounding, abrasive take on "Kontrola". However, it's the original version of this track that really stands out; less direct and upfront than the other tracks, it still captures the listener's attention thanks to its furious, lurching rhythm and disturbed, high-pitched vocal samples.
MORD 014
08 Dec 14
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Stari Grad - (6:46) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Salajka - (7:21) 140 BPM
   
Liman 2 - (6:50) 134 BPM
   
Detelinara - (7:47) 130 BPM
Review: This is Lag's third release on Mord and it showcases again his raw, unpredictable sound. "Stari Grad" moves from thumping broken beats into dramatic stabs and breathy vocals. It makes for a jittery but individualistic sound. On "Salajka", the upcoming Serbian producer borrows from the cheeky vocal samples and lo-fi jacking aesthetic of ghetto techno to create an insistent but memorable dance floor track. "Liman 2" sees Lag revert to Mord norm; dense kicks, rickety rhythms and ghostly vocal samples all collide to create exactly the kind of track that label owner Bas Mooy will champion. But taking the obvious route is clearly not part of Lag's DNA and "Detelinara", which revolves around spacey sound-scapes and rickety percussion, proves this point.
MORD 044
27 Oct 17
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Interlock 1 - (5:27) 126 BPM
   
Interlock 2 - (5:46) 129 BPM
   
Interlock 3 - (6:02) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Interlock 4 - (6:06) 127 BPM
   
Interlock 5 - (6:17) 128 BPM
   
Interlock 6 - (5:01) 129 BPM
Review: The mysterious Lockertmatik, who runs a label of the same name, debuts on Bas Mooy's Mord. "Interlock 1" is a stomping, bleep-heavy affair, laced with siren stabs. Its grey, monochrome nature makes it sound like a cross between Sleeparchive and Marcel Dettmann. On the second "Interlock", there are hints of early 90s UK techno influences - brought to life on the InSync-like riff that plays away in the background, but the dominant element is the dense, hammering rhythm. "Interlock 3" and "Interlock 4" both see the producer ramp up the intensity with thunder claps, rock-hard kicks and acrid acid lines, while a nightmarish scenario is presented on the fifth "Interlock", as droning synths are fused with intense, 303-laced kicks.
MORD 037
27 Feb 17
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Missing You (original mix) - (4:44) 126 BPM
   
Missing You (Lag remix) - (6:08) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Missing You (Ansome remix) - (5:28) 133 BPM
   
Missing You (Headless Horseman remix) - (5:49) 85 BPM
Played by: Trevor Benz
Review: The fact that the title of Neil Landstrumm's latest release sounds somewhat romantic probably isn't a coincidence. The title track sees the Scottish producer take inspiration from the golden age of dance music; the groove is redolent of bleep techno, while the bass and accompanying ghostly samples influenced by the spookier end of UK hardcore. The sum of these parts is then delivered with Landstrumm's innate sense of wonky funk. Serbian newcomer Lag is the first to offer a reshape and delivers a bruising but controlled version inspired in part by Reese break-beat techno; noise-nik Ansome follows with a leathering big room version laden down with white noise and tortured shrieks, while rounding off the release is the mysterious Headless Horseman with an acid-laden stepping version.
MORD 035
16 Dec 16
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Jackhammer - (6:11) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Assembly Line - (5:17) 130 BPM
   
Uprock - (4:40) 130 BPM
   
Warp Drive - (5:54) 131 BPM
   
Processor Register - (5:13) 130 BPM
   
Connection String - (5:29) 134 BPM
Played by: Electrorites
MORD 042
30 Jun 17
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Sensory Deprivation - (5:35) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Misophonia - (5:26) 135 BPM
   
Spatial Sequence Synesthesia - (5:35) 132 BPM
   
Common Frequencies - (5:38) 127 BPM
   
Number Form - (5:44) 126 BPM
Review: With Tensal debuting over at Oscar Mulero's Pole it seems the Spanish techno legend has used this as an opportunity to send his music elsewhere too. Take a look at the list of artists that have contributed nihilistic abrasion to Bas Mooy's label and Mulero is a glaring omission. Mooy and Mulero (surely a collaboration to come) make up for this by agreeing to bear five Mulero productions under the MORD banner, kicked off by the big room acid of "Sensory Deprivation". "Misophonia" slams down hard like a Mulero production should with bleeps, distorted tones adding some gritty funk to a game Mike Dehnert thought he'd monopolised. Deepest section of the EP is "Spatial Sequenced Synthesia" and staying down low is the sub-aqueous strafing of "Common Frequencies". Mulero's formula is unbeatable right now, and for something a little stripped back with less reverb check "Number Form".
MORD 030
01 Aug 16
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Life Of Pleasures - (8:13) 133 BPM
   
Sub Rosa - (5:44) 135 BPM
   
Fears & Knowledge - (6:27) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Pain Of Regret - (5:42) 136 BPM
   
Collapsed (Digi Only) - (5:45) 135 BPM
   
Four Gates To One Place (Digi Only) - (5:35) 138 BPM
MORD 061
31 May 19
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The Fourth Turning - (5:37) 137 BPM
   
Inadequate Offerings Of The Mud People - (6:07) 138 BPM
   
Social Jackass Worrier - (6:51) 93 BPM
   
Fumigating Flesh - (6:48) 94 BPM
   
Let Us Observe The Wilting - (5:20) 138 BPM
   
Side Street Slush - (5:52) 131 BPM
MORD 072
13 Nov 20
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Apoc - (5:25) 137 BPM
   
Facing Dystopia - (5:08) 139 BPM
   
You Surround Me - (4:57) 137 BPM
   
Void - (4:40) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Time Loop - (4:55) 137 BPM
   
Never Surrender - (5:39) 137 BPM
Played by: Philippe Petit
MORD 070
31 Jul 20
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Paralipsis - (6:14) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Ishimura - (6:03) 130 BPM
   
No 16 - (5:07) 126 BPM
   
Eyes That Cannot See - (5:10) 126 BPM
   
Seize The Night - (5:24) 128 BPM
   
Nodes Of Ranvier - (5:35) 130 BPM
   
Wanwierd - (5:30) 130 BPM
MORD 046
15 Dec 17
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Tenebris - (6:03) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Omicron - (5:03) 130 BPM
   
P&K - (4:59) 130 BPM
   
Diminshed - (5:00) 128 BPM
   
Surge - (4:54) 128 BPM
Review: Mord is one of techno's most important labels and this release from Progression shows exactly why the label is so revered. The work of a Dutch duo, it twists and teases it way through the typical peak time Mord sound with great skill. The title track sets the tone with its thumping drums, dark filters and wigged out subsonic bleeps. "Omicron" is similar, but on this occasion Progression put the focus on tight claps and a hypnotic, heavy pulse. "P&K" leads with screeching sirens and bass tones that drop to supernaturally low levels. "Diminished' sees the pair opt for a more stripped back, minimal sound, but it's only a temporary break and straight afterwards, they return with the visceral acid of "Surge".
MORD 024
22 Feb 16
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Asiel - (6:24) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Closer - (5:57) 129 BPM
   
1980 - (5:03)
   
NYE - (5:55) 129 BPM
Review: Bas Mooy's new label launches in style with an EP from Radial. Alternating between straight, batten-down-the-hatches techno and swinging, loose rhythms, it will appeal both to those who want to play linear sounds and anyone looking for a more offbeat take on modern techno. Radial caters to the first cohort with "Asiel", a tunneling affair punctuated by shards of psychedelic, metallic sounds and "Closer" a pounding track bolstered by dubby drums and intense panel-beating. But when Radial goes down a less obvious route, the results are more interesting; "1980" features a screeching vocal and stuttering tribal drums, while "NYE" is a lithe percussive affair punctuated by smart filters and a woman commanding 'repeat after me'.
MORD 001
08 Jul 13
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